The Karate Kid ★★★

Well, if you actually need 80s cheese and training montages with power rock songs to enjoy your KARATE KID, this one isn't for you. I'm not saying it's better than the original, but it's far from being a cheap cash-in and pretty good in its own right.

The biggest problem and the one that keeps it from being as enjoyable as the original, is the somber tone. Nothing against Jackie Chan, who gives a great performance here, but his Mr Han lacks the warmth and fun of Mr Miyagi. He keeps hiding behind a huge cloud of sadness, that unfortunately destroys every chemistry with his student. When they become true friends, it seems more because they spent a lot of time together and not because they actually like each other, the way Miyagi and Daniel did.

Of course the fights are a lot better than in the original. Everybody involved, including Jaden Smith, obviously knew better what they were doing than anybody in the four previous movies. That makes the fights more exciting, but the bullying scenes also harder to watch, because that shit looks REALLY painful here.

And just like the original, it's a bit too long and could've used 20 minutes less, even if most of the movie flows really well. But all in all it's a good, but not perfect modernisation of a good, but not perfect classic. Well done, everybody.
#040 in 2018
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